Pontoon manufacturer Premier Marine said it promoted Dave Grovender to vice president of operations.
Grovender joined Premier in 2003 with a background in the marine industry, coming from Grov-Lander trailers, where he developed its patented triple-bunk trailer, Premier said.
Grovender has worked in several roles at Premier, including R&D tooling development. He most recently managed the engineering and product development departments.
“Dave has proven himself as an integral part of our management team. His vision for Premier aligns well with how we anticipate Premier’s growth to proceed in the coming years,” Premier president Lori Melbostad said in a statement. “We are proud to have him leading our production facility.”
This year, Grovender led his team through what the company said was the most aggressive model year switch in its history. Premier introduced five new models and several new products, including the patent-pending Ricochet ladder, one of Premier’s two MIBS award recipients at the Miami International Boat Show.
Premier said Grovender was the sole inventor of the Ricochet ladder and also was instrumental in several other Premier patents, including the Encounter Pontoon cuddy cabin, the Escalante Stairway Galley, devices for adjustable watercraft transom heights and the elevated Grand View platform.